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Rockside Cabanas

668 Matara Road | Mihiripenna/Thalpe, Unawatuna, Galle LK80616, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #7 of 19 hotels in Unawatuna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
Jean-Pierre H Deinze, Belgium
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Deinze, Belgium
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed two nights in one of the garden bungalows, far away from the unawatuna noise. The atmosphere was indeed very relaxing . Perhaps we missed the airco in the cabanas, but even then the sound of the breaking waves with the open windows was rather a plus. The continental breakfast, the very clean cababas and the overall punctuality ,... More

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Campina, Romania
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9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We stay here 4 nights, first night in main building and 3 night in Bungalow number 1. Basically I found exactly all the details found on the hotel site.The atmosphere was pleasant and our stay in Sri Lanka was a dream. I will write about things that have not liked so much. 1. When we arrived at the hotel, somewhere... More

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Renate K, Inhaber at Rockside Cabanas, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Unfortunately we cannot not confirm all your comments. It was not true that your room was available when you did arrived at the early morning at around 8 or 9 am. We were fully booked and all our rooms were fully occupied. The Check Out for your booked room was 11 am. After check out... More

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My wife and I have just returned from Sri Lanka and a highlight of our trip was the stay at Rockside Cabanas. We highly recommend reserving a bungalow-it'll cost more and there's no A/C, but listening to the waves lap against the shore, which is just a few short steps away was sublime. The beach fronts a rich area for... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We stayed for 3 nights in one of the garden cabanas. The location is slightly out from the main part of unawatuna but that was not really a negative as was only. 200 for a tuk tuk and near the unawatuna dive centre where we dived (owned by same people). We ate at the cabanas most nights as the food... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Recently returned from 9 days at Rockside cabanas, and really recommend it, we were in one of the apartments, with a great big balcony looking over the gardens and beach. The room was great, v spacious and nicely decorated, and the gardens and restaurant were great- v quiet, v helpful staff and Renata was great at organising a couple of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We had cabana number 1, which is in a stunning location overlooking Thalpe beach with great views of the ocean and steps away from the water. The cabana was spotlessly clean and lots of room, with plenty of hot water and space for all your belongings, The surrounding area was well tended and it all felt very safe with lots... More

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York, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We stayed at Rockside Cabanas (run by Renate) for 2 weeks over Christmas and used the Unawatuna Diving Centre (run by Hans). We booked cabana No1, and were not disappointed. It is located overlooking the beach, a very spacious room with a great veranda, but it was private enough so as not to be overlooked by other residents. If you... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The Cabanas were fantastic, absolutely first class for an informal holiday - the food was excellent and very reasonably priced - everything was spotlessly clean. I should add that I did not notice any difference between the treatment of the German/English guests. Our host worked very hard and was as helpful as she could be when asked. In fact, she... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

We stayed at Rockside cabanas for 3 nights during the new year. The rooms, the garden and the kitchen staff is great. There is nothing to complain about. The restaurant is maybe a littlebit more expensive the other places in Sri Lanka, but OK.  A big BUT is the owner. Its is a German women that has attitude problems. For... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed there more than a week. The people were all very kind. Good and various food. Close to the beach where there is a natural pool for young children. Beautiful garden. Easy to get to town. Three minutes with a tuktuk to get to their dive center. Everything was perfect for us !

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Address: 668 Matara Road | Mihiripenna/Thalpe, Unawatuna, Galle LK80616, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Galle > Unawatuna
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ROCKSIDE CABANAS HOTEL - directly at the Mihiripenna/Dalawella beach!Jump from your bed straight into the 28° C warm water of the ocean. Relax in a hammock under the coconut palms in the 1.000 m² garden of the ROCKSIDE in Mihiripenna near Unawatuna. And in the evening you'll probably lounge in our garden restaurant or on your veranda, sipping a cool drink and enjoying the spectacular sunset over the sea.If you want to perfectly relax just ask us to take care of you - or stay completely private in your CABANA or your APARTMENT. At our own UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, PADI Resort S-36133, situated directly on the beach, only 2 km away from ROCKSIDE we offer you daily snorkeling trips and fun dives to our different dive spots (reef,rock,wrack). ... more   less 
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